Series: #visiblewomen: You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Primary Pictures

I teach Primary Sharing Time.  I love it.

I love the teaching, the stories, the kids, and the fun.  When we talk about Jesus, I tell the children the stories of His life and the men and women He lived and worked with.  When we talk about the courage to do what is right, I read from “Girls Who Choose God”.  When we talk about faith, I tell them of both Nephi and Abigal.

I tell them stories from my own life and any stories of President Wixom that I can find.

I use pictures a lot.  Aside from the pictures I bring myself, there are few pictures of women.  I will be writing a letter to President Wixom and her counselors, asking them to consider including more pictures of women and girls in packets / manuals provided to Primary teachers.

I believe this will be a great advantage to both girls and boys.  They will learn that both women and men can be examples of faith, courage, and service.  And they can strive to be like them.

Suzette

Suzette lives in the Washington DC area and works as a Professional Organizer. She enjoys blogging and serving on the Exponent II Board. Her Mormon roots run deep and she loves her big Mormon family which includes 20 nieces and nephews, 6 sisters, 5 brother in laws, 2 parents - and dozens of cousins. Her favorite things about church are the great Alexandria wards, temple worship, and all things Visiting Teaching.

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4 Responses

  1. Moss says:

    I also teach Sharing Time, and I wanted to share what I do. The Sunday after the women’s broadcast I show pictures of the women who spoke, share a quote and sing a song around their topic. I’ve found this helps the sr. Primary girls feel like they get something special, and we show the boys that the voices of our female leaders are important and worth repeating and studying.

  2. Ziff says:

    Great thinking, Suzette. A point I love that y’all who are writing for this series have made so well is that patterns teach. When we have a pattern of showing only (or almost exclusively) pictures of men, it teaches that men matter, that men are the default, that women aren’t important. I love your pushing back to try to get this imbalance corrected!

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